Harbour Island: Part 1

Where to even begin? Harbour Island was a dream. We’ll start there. I was nervous leaving Watson for a whole week (it was my first time being away from him for more than a night or so), but the moment I opened my eyes from my quick plane nap and saw the beautiful turquoise waters, my anxieties pretty much vanished. We stayed at Touchstone House, an amazing little gem tucked right behind the dunes of the pink sand beach, but I’m going to save details on that for the next post. For now, let’s talk about some of the fun things we did while we were on island time.

The Dunmore is a must see. Silly to say, but everything about it felt like home to me. I kept telling Brandon, “Let’s go grab dinner at The Dunmore again!” or “Let’s get dessert there today.” Basically any excuse to go back. Brandon was tired of it by the end, but me? I was just taking as many mental notes as I could for little adjustments I can do to make to my own house more Dunmore-esque. 😉

This coverup is 9Seed. Hard to see, but my bathing suit is from here. My bag is just like this one.

The streets are lined with picket fences, but here’s the cutest one of all.

What I loved is that we could drive the golf cart around everywhere and didn’t have to get in an actual vehicle the whole time we were on Briland, which is what the locals call Harbour Island. The island is 3.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, so we were able to go from the beach to shopping then back to the beach in no time at all. We rented our cart through Major’s Rentals.

I fell in love with this “Out of Office” hat from the time I first saw it. Perfect for a week in paradise.

Here’s a little sneak peek of an outfit I’m going to share really soon. This necklace from Beckett Boutique is so fun because it can be worn long or tied the way I have it. The beads are beautiful.

Fresh sushi from DaVine Wine Merchants was incredible!

We chartered a boat one day with Spanish Wells Fishing. They took us all over Spanish Wells and Northern Eleuthera.

I wore a Madison Mathews tunic, this one piece bathing suit, these sunglasses, and these flip flops.

Afterwards, we headed straight over to Queen Conch for some conch salad, which is made fresh on site, and a cold goombay smash.

Gusty’s!!

If you want a straw basket or keepsake, you’ve got to head over to Alice’s Stand. It’s around the corner from where we stayed—just down the road from Romora Bay. She has the most beautiful straw works and we really enjoyed chatting with her about the history and methods of basket weaving.

Stopped in at Cocoa Coffee House multiple times for a coffee and a treat. Their acai bowls are awesome.

I just noticed that there is a fly on top of my coffee cup!!

It was a little rainy one morning, so went down the road and fed the horses. These are the ones that people ride along the beach.

The lobster quesadilla at Sip Sip is an absolute must.

More views from around the island…

This day was one of my favorites. We had no plans, had already shopped at all the stores, gotten too much sun, and so we just decided to ride the cart up to the center of town with a cold drink and “people watch.” We noticed tons of children being walked down to the dock and then we found out they were all gathering to welcome back Latia Saunders, a Harbour Island girl who had just won a gold medal in the 2017 CARIFTA Games. So, what else to do but join the fun! We stood with all the kids and paraded down the street as Latia walked off the ferry. Junkanoo dance troupes played instruments and got the rhythm going. It was awesome!

We had lunch and dinner at so many wonderful places during our trip, but Pink Sands Resort was one of my very favorites.

Below, I’m wearing this dress, one of my new favorites.

One day, we took out one of Lil’ Shan’s jetskis and explored the island on our own time.

This sweet guy at The Landing one night for dinner.

Can you tell we ate a lot on this trip? The lobster sandwich at Coral Sands Hotel is so good. Such a pretty place, too.

More from The Dunmore. My bathing suit below is this top and this bottom. My bag is just like this one.

Sunsets at Romora Bay… everything is old in this picture except these sandals and this cuff bracelet.

We went there for happy hour so many nights. Can’t beat 50% off appetizers and drinks! Has to be one of the best deals on the island.

This is what packing up and going home looks like on Harbour Island. No taxi required. 😉

 

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. May 10, 2017 / 8:02 am

    What a dream! Dying to make this trip. Can’t wait to read more!

  2. Sarah
    May 10, 2017 / 8:48 am

    Looks amazing! Definitely adding Harbour Island to my list.

  3. May 10, 2017 / 9:36 am

    I would love to be there right now! You two are so cute and it looks like you had the best time!

  4. Kristen Gallimore
    May 10, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Thanks for sharing! This place is beautiful!

  5. Ally Harding
    May 10, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    Looks like an amazing trip!! I’m dying to go to Harbour Island now!

  6. jillian
    May 10, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    what an amazing vacation! my parents are in the bahamas right now and Im trying to talk my husband into going next year! xo jillian

  7. Kristina
    May 10, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Sounds like an amazing trip, good for you two!! Maybe someday in the future you can take Watson when he is older, looks like a good place to take kids too. I really enjoy reading about your travels, you definitely pick some good places. Seems like between St. Lucia, BVI’s and here, you have gotten quite the mix of different places in the Caribbean in. Where to next? The Dunmore does look fabulous, very India Hicks style. You two are too cute, glad you had a great time! xo Kristina

  8. Wendy
    May 11, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    I LOVED reading about your trip! I’ve been to the Bahamas before, but never Harbour Island. I’m going to have to add it to my list of places to visit! Can you try to identify the short sleeved seersucker dress in the picture of you getting off the golf cart (above Sip Sip) – you might have worn it the day it rained and you went to feed the horses??

    Much appreciated, and loved the recap!
    Wendy

    • holycitychic
      May 12, 2017 / 9:48 am

      Hey Wendy! That is from Madison Mathews. I believe it is called “embroidered seersucker dress.” I would be a small, but I sized up to a large and then had quite a bit of length taken off the bottom of mine at the seamstress. Otherwise, it fits a little more snug and is longer. Give the Madison Mathews ladies a call and I bet they can send you one!… their shop opens at 11am. (843) 720-5722

  9. Emily
    May 15, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    Any idea if there is even the smallest threat of Zika on Harbour Island? Would love love love to visit but don’t want to chance it.

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